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      Coalition for Trust

      Coalition for Trust

      The “Coalition for Trust”, a three-year regional project funded by the European Commission and co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started in late 2012 and works in all entities of the South Caucasus to restore confidence and build people-to-people contact by opening up new perspectives on conflict transformation. The initiative is implemented on the ground by local partner and associate organisations in the regions. NHC is working with the partners to develop and deliver a broad-ranging educational programme for close to 300 students, journalists and civic activists.

      These groups will participate in more than 50 seminars overall, covering topics such as human rights as an element of conflict transformation; cross-cultural tolerance and dialogue; and transitional justice measures. In addition to locally-held seminars, the project will also develop a series of “webinars”, lectures that are streamed online and allow for live Q&A sessions as well as “on-demand” download.

      The project’s educational component is accompanied by the establishment of a South Caucasus-wide network – the “Coalition for Trust” – with the aim of drafting a “Strategy of Trust” to encourage and assist efforts at reconciliation within and across divided societies. The “Coalition for Trust” will bring together human rights defenders and civil society activities, media professionals and young people and provide them with a forum to work together toward building sustainable peace, both within their societies and across conflict divides. Coalition activities will include joint meetings and conferences as well as field visits outside the South Caucasus region to study and share good practices and lessons learnt from post-conflict reconciliation and peace-building efforts in the Western Balkans.

      The educational and network-building activities of the project will be supported by a wide range of public education, engagement, and advocacy activities. These will include public dialogues in the participating regions, the collection of materials on peace-building and reconciliation, as well as advocacy events at local and international level, targeting stakeholders within government, civil society (including faith-based congregations), and the international community.

      NHC responsible for the project is Enver Djuliman, Head of Education, djuliman@nhc.no.

       

      Local project co-ordinator is;

      Nina Iskadryan

      She can be contacted at: nina@c-i.am

       

       

       

      Coalition for Trust
      Youth seminar Baku
      Coalition for Trust youth seminar in Baku (June 2013)

      In June 2013, Democracy Monitor and the Human Rights Club, in coordination with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, organized a youth seminar on the topic of human rights as an element of peace-building.

      The seminar gathered approximately 30 participant with different background for three days of extensive theoretical capacity building and applied case studies in a settlement outside Baku. Trainers Intigam Aliyev, Avaz Hasanov, and Arzu Abdullayeva covered topics such as an overview of civic and political as well as economic and social human rights; Human Rights breaches in conflict; rights specially pertaining to migrants and refugees; international and regional context for human rights in conflict resolution; gender equality and gender sensitivy; inter alia. The seminars were part of the Coalition for Trust education program, generously funded by the European Commission and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

       

      Coalition for Trust
      Journalists seminar Baku
      Coalition for Trust journalist seminar Baku 26-28 July

      On 26-28 July 2013, Democracy Monitor and the Human Rights Club, in coordination with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, organized a seminar for journalists on the topic of human rights as an element of peace-building.

      The seminar gathered approximately 30 participants for three days of extensive theoretical capacity building and applied case studies in a settlement outside Baku. Trainers Intigam Aliyev, Avaz Hasanov, and Aynur Jafarova, covered topics such as an overview of civic and political as well as economic and social human rights; HR breaches in conflict; rights specially pertaining to migrants and refugees; international and regional context for human rights in conflict resolution; gender equality and gender sensitivy; inter alia. The seminars were part of the Coalition for Trust education program, generously funded by the European Commission and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway.

       

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      Student seminar
      Coalition for Trust seminars for students and youth on cross-cultural dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan November 2013

      In November 2013, the Coalition for Trust project organized three 3-day seminars on cross-cultural tolerance and dialogue for students/ youth activists; journalists; and civic activists in Baku.

      The seminars, led by trainers Toghrul Juvarly and Prof Rahman Badalov, covered the topics of culture, tradition, and identity; nationalism, stereotyping, and hate speech; intercultural understanding, sensitivity and dialogue.
      Specifically, the trainers worked with seminar participants on how to build trust as an existential component for coexistence in multi-cultural and culturally divided societies and how a culture of peace can become a base for building this trust. The Coalition for Trust project is generously financed by the European Union and the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Norway.